Frequently asked questions and answers:

How many sessions will I need?
This can depend on many factors such as how long you have had the problem and daily life activities that may aggravate your condition. The severity of the complaint, age, as well as the nature of the disease al are factors in your recovery. Most patients should see an improvement in 4 – 6 sessions. If there is no change after 6 treatments most likely acupuncture is not going to work for you. Most complaints will have marked improvement and / or will have cleared up in 10 – 12 sessions. Brain injuries and degenerative conditions may require treatment over longer periods of time.

Patient compliance with dietary restrictions, exercise, or other life style modifications will also be of influence. In addition to acupuncture we may utilize other modalities such as cupping, electrical stimulation, diathermy, herbs, vitamins, and physical therapy.

What kind of needles are used?
All our needles are stainless steel, sterile, and single use only. There is virtually no risk of infection from an acupuncture needle.

Is acupuncture safe?
Acupuncture is extremely safe when performed by a licensed acupuncturist. There are minimal side effects and they are rare. You may on occasion develop a small bruise. The needle is inserted through a pore in the skin which indicates how small the needle really is. Most needles can be inserted and removed without causing any bleeding.

Avoid having acupuncture when extremely fatigued or hungry.

Does acupuncture hurt?
Because acupuncture needles are very thin their insertion is practically painless. When the energy activates at the acupuncture point you may feel a warmth, a heavy sensation, tingling, or a dull ache. This sensation subsides within seconds, after which there usually is no awareness of the needles.

Many of my patients fall asleep during treatment and generally patients feel completely relaxed and revitalized after treatment.

Can I expect results right away?
The majority of patients notice results right away. Particularly pain patients should notice a change directly after treatment. Some conditions such as digestive disorders may take a little time.